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David A Friedman-PulseWelcome to The Pulse of Earthquake Engineering, the bi-weekly email newsletter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.
— David A. Friedman, EERI President


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News of the Institute

EERI welcomes President David A. Friedman More >

EERI bids farewell to Jay Berger More >

2017 Housner Fellows Program Application Deadline Extended More >

11NCEE Call for Papers - Special Session Deadline Extended to April 9th! More >

Learning from Earthquakes

New! Kaikoura Earthquake Reconnaissance Report More >

News of the Profession

Links to Recent News and Views More >


American Geosciences Institute's Critical Issues Program Free Webinar More >

NIBS Building Seismic Safety Council Webinar Series More >

Opportunity for Students - April 1, 2017

Liu Huixian 2017 Earthquake Engineering Scholarship Awards More >

Welcome New Members

Welcome New Members More >


EERI Endowment Donors More >


1st International Conference on Infrastructure Resilience
February 14-16, 2018


10th Gulf Seismic Forum for Seismology and Earthquake
Engineering Studies in the Arabian Plate Region
March 19-22, 2018
Muscat, Oman

PEER - MTS Hybrid Simulation Workshop
March 20-21, 2018
PEER Richmond Field Station, Richmond, CA

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics Conference V
June 10–15, 2018
Austin, TX


16th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering
June 18–21, 2018
Thessaloniki, Greece


11th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering
June 25–29, 2018
Los Angeles, CA

Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) 43rd Annual Conference
October 24–27, 2018
Anaheim, California

Sixth International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE2018)
October 28–31, 2018
Ghent, Belgium

GeoMEast 2018 International
November 24–28, 2018
Cairo, Egypt

16th Symposium on Earthquake Engineering (16SEE)
December 20-22, 2018
Roorkee, India

EERI 71st Annual Meeting

March 5–8, 2019
Vancouver, B.C., Canada

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News of the Institute

EERI welcomes President David A. Friedman

33398877776 54ea6a32e3 cDavid A. Friedman (M. EERI, 1988) stepped into his new role as EERI President at the Board of Directors meeting held on March 7, 2017 at the Institute's 69th Annual Meeting.

David is a Senior Principal, and emeritus President, CEO and Board Chair of Forell/Elsesser Engineers Inc., with over 42 years of professional practice (35 years at F/E!) in structural and earthquake engineering. His strength, gained over the breadth and depth of his career, is a holistic perspective of a projects’ planning, design and construction and the collaborative integration of creative structural solutions with architects, engineers and builders.

David is devoted to world-wide seismic risk reduction and is a former director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and a current director of Build Change. He is also deeply involved in many other civic, philanthropic and not-for-profit Boards including The San Francisco Foundation, SPUR, UC Berkeley Foundation, Jewish Senior Living Group, Faultline Foundation and the United States Resiliency Council (USRC). 

With a specialty in seismic engineering and retrofitting of existing structures, particularly those with historic designation, David has solved numerous structural and earthquake engineering challenges during his career with Forell/Elsesser Engineers. Principal examples of his projects include the base isolation retrofits of San Francisco City Hall and the Asian Art Museum, the adaptive reuse and retrofit for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the seismic safety corrections and remodeling of UC Berkeley’s California Memorial Stadium.

Vision Statement

I credit EERI for profoundly broadening my professional career as a structural and earthquake engineer. Perhaps I had “engineering blinders” on early in my career, as I moved from design project to design project, limited to a building-by-building “vison” of my profession. Through EERI, I was the beneficiary of being on an incredible growth curve as I was “learning from earthquakes.” I went from being “just” a structural engineer to having an appreciation for the multi-disciplinary world of earthquake risk mitigation. I went from a very parochial viewpoint to a global perspective. And there was even a social justice lens: Just as an earthquake has an uncanny ability to hit the weak link in a structure, natural hazards seem to always hit the poorest and most-disenfranchised communities, cities and countries.

If I have a simplistic vision for EERI it would be to continue to strengthen the Institute’s programs to broaden and deepen the multi-disciplinary and global platform for earthquake risk education and mitigation. My hope is that all members will credit EERI with a similar growth to their careers.

I am a firm believer in not trying to fix that which is not broken. EERI has a robust portfolio of projects, programs, and publications which are singularly focused on educating and supporting the diverse EERI membership. Learning from Earthquakes, the Concrete Coalition, the World Housing Encyclopedia, and the Initiative Development Committee, to name just a few, are examples of thriving activities of the Institute. However, we must be willing to adapt and innovate in response to both the challenges and the opportunities that present themselves. And always with the primary filter of their value and relevancy to the EERI membership.

EERI needs to continue to sharpen its focus on creating resilient cities across the globe, and to use our skillset on technical and policy issues that will further make our cities robust, sustainable and seismically safe.

EERI bids farewell to Jay Berger

Jay Berger Final Days 2This month, EERI bids farewell to Executive Director Jay Berger (M. EERI, 2005).  Under Jay’s outstanding leadership the past 7 ½ years, the Institute has tripled its student memberships and chapters, doubled the number of regional chapters, and is positioned to benefit from his expert financial stewardship far into the future.  Jay guided the creation of a number of high-impact EERI projects such as the Housner Fellows Program and the School Earthquake Safety Initiative (SESI). During his tenure EERI made considerable improvements to the Learning from Earthquakes Program, developing new approaches to data gathering and data sharing, and increased participation, while responding effectively to major earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, Japan, New Zealand, and Nepal, to name just a few.

Jay has passionately championed EERI’s advocacy for seismic safety programs and initiatives as well, exemplified by all the progress made by SESI, the Confined Masonry Network, the Concrete Coalition, World Housing Encyclopedia, and other outreach efforts like the Student Leadership Council’s popular and growing Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition. Another of Jay’s many significant accomplishments is the creation of EERI’s sought-after post-graduate internship program that engaged more than 40 interns in the last 6 years.  Jay will be leaving the San Francisco Bay Area soon, though he’s not quite ready to put down roots just yet. For now, his plans are to dedicate more time to birding and enjoying nature.

2017 Housner Fellows Program Application Deadline Extended

Housner Fellows
Many of you will be pleased to know that we have extended the 2017 Housner Fellows Program application deadline to April 14th, 2017 (11:59 PM). Please share this incredible opportunity with your networks!

EERI is seeking up to six exemplary young professionals from among our members who are committed to earthquake risk mitigation for the Housner Fellows Program, Class of 2017. Young professionals from all disciplines are encouraged to apply!

The Housner Fellows Program was developed by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute to recognize promising and motivated young to mid-career professionals with the confidence, skills and sense of responsibility needed to exercise leadership by developing Fellows’ capacity for advocacy and leading efforts to reduce earthquake risk.

About the Housner Fellows Program and Application

11NCEE Call for Papers - Special Session Deadline Extended to April 9th!



Eleventh U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (11NCEE)
Integrating Science, Engineering, and Policy
June 25-29, 2018
Los Angeles, California

Submit a paper abstract or special session proposal now  

The Eleventh U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (11NCEE), on the 70th Anniversary of the forming of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, will provide an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to share the latest knowledge and techniques to better understand and mitigate the damaging effects of earthquakes and tsunamis. With the theme “Integrating Science, Engineering, and Policy,” the conference will bring together professionals from the full spectrum of the earthquake community to discuss and debate a multitude of issues related to seismic hazard, risk, mitigation and public policy.

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) is organizing this conference in collaboration with the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC). With numerous ongoing efforts in risk mitigation in the region that poses the largest seismic risk in the United States, Los Angeles and Southern California will form an ideal setting for the conference. The conference will provide a unique environment to facilitate synergy between earthquake scientists, engineers and policy professionals from the United States and around the world. This conference brings together professionals from a broad range of disciplines, including architecture, structural engineering, seismology, geology, geophysics,geotechnical engineering, business, public policy, social sciences, regional planning, emergency response planning, and regulation.

Special Sessions

The conference will include a small number of special sessions. Attractive special session proposals cross disciplinary and general topic boundaries, and raise challenging issues. The program committee is particularly interested in special session proposals that relate to the conference theme of integrating earthquake science, engineering, and policy, and those that address the hazards, risks and policies related to Southern California, the setting for the conference. Special sessions can be mini-workshops,panels, debates or other unique and engaging formats.

Those interested in proposing a special session can find directions on the conference website. The deadline for submitting special session requests is April 9, 2017. Special session proposers will be notified of acceptance by April 30, 2017. Submit your special session proposal here.

Call for Papers

The abstract collection system is now open. Authors must submit abstracts and papers online. The deadline for submission of abstracts is May 31, 2017. Authors will receive notification of provisional acceptance of their abstracts by August 15, 2017. Final papers, both full and extended abstracts, must be received by October 31, 2017. Submit paper abstract and proposals here.

Paper Formats

The 11NCEE is accepting two paper types for the proceedings: The full paper option has a limit of ten pages, and the extended abstract paper option has a limit of four pages. Paper body text will be Times Roman 12-point and single spaced.

For more information visit the 11NCEE website and download the Call for Papers PDF. 

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Learning from Earthquakes

New! Kaikoura Earthquake Reconnaissance Report

A collaboration between QuakeCoRE, GEER, and EERI has produced a new Learning from Earthquakes (LFE) reconnaissance report that summarizes impacts from the M7.8 Kaikoura, New Zealand Earthquake on November 14, 2016.

Kaikoura-LFE-Recon-Report-Final-CoverDownload the QuakeCoRE-GEER-EERI Earthquake Reconnaissance Report

The report covers a wide range of disciplinary topics including emergency response, ground motions, tsunami impacts and warning, landslides, liquefaction, distributed infrastructure, building impacts, and recovery planning. It also describes impacts in many areas of New Zealand including Kaikoura, Northern Canterbury, Marlborough, and Wellington.

This reports draws extensively from several sources of information, in particular the early report produced by QuakeCoRE in December 2016 and a tsunami report prepared by Wilson and Johnson for EERI in January 2017. Additional report content has been added on landsliding, emergency response, and organizing for recovery.

QuakeCoRE is a network of leading New Zealand earthquake resilience researchers from seven partner organizations including University of Canterbury, University of Auckland, GNS Science, and Resilient Organizations. Researchers from each of these organizations have contributed to this report. Several of the co-authors of this report were members of the NSF-sponsored Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association team that responded to this event, and several other GEER team members contributed to information presented in this report.

The report authors include: Brendon Bradley (M.EERI,2012), Mary Comerio (M.EERI,1988), Misko Cubrinovski, Sally Dellow, Dmytro Dizhur (M.EERI,2014), Kenneth Elwood (M.EERI,1994), Marta Giaretton (M.EERI,2015), Russell Green (M.EERI,1993), Nick Horspool, Matthew Hughes, Jason Ingham (M.EERI,2012), Laurie Johnson (M.EERI,1990), Chris Massey, Erica Seville, Gye Simkin, Joanne Stevenson, Rick Wilson (M.EERI,2010), and Liam Wotherspoon (M.EERI,2014).

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News of the Profession

Links to Recent News and Views

Eight recent stories, reports, or opinions from around the web.

1oneNotorious LA Earthquake Fault More Dangerous Than Experts Believed, New Research Shows
(Los Angeles Times) A new study has uncovered evidence that major earthquakes on the fault centuries ago were so violent that they caused a section of Seal Beach to...Read More

2twoThe Greatest Challenge for Girls Exploring Engineering as a Career? Debunking Public Perceptions (StL Public Radio) For Dr. Menzer Pehlivan (M.EERI, 2009), a civil engineer from Turkey, a career in engineering started with a terrifying childhood experience in Ankara. Read More

3threeMagnitude-8.2: The Disaster Scenario on New Zealand's Most Dangerous Fault (The Press) Milford Sound will be ruined by an earthquake on the Alpine Fault.Many will be completely unaware there was an earthquake risk in the first place. Read More

4fourDanger Zones: Mapping Europe's Earthquakes (Geographical) Seismic hazard data collected for this model consisted of records from more than 30,000 earthquakes with a magnitude of 3.5 and above. Read More

5fiveThe Lifesaving Potential of Underwater Earthquake Monitors (The Atlantic) Sending sensors deep into the ocean could allow for earlier and more accurate tsunami warnings. Read More

6sixMajor Quake Would Destroy B. C. Ferry Berths, Experts Warn (Times Colonist) A major earthquake would destroy almost all berths on B.C. Ferries' major routes, cutting off equipment and personnel,” the B.C. Earthquake Immediate Response Plan says. Read More

7sevenBC Gov't Puts Up $3m to Improve Seismic Safety, Information (Vancouver Sun) The B.C. government is spending $3 million to increase seismic safety through hazard mapping in Metro Vancouver and for training engineers. Read More

8eightBetter Communication Key to Cutting Earthquake Death Toll, Experts Say (PhysOrg) Communicating earthquake risk has long been a major challenge for scientists. Yet the right messages at the right time can and will save lives, say U.S. Communication scholars in an article published in the Journal of Applied Communication Research, a National Communication Association publication. Read More 

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American Geosciences Institute's Critical Issues Program Free Webinar

AGI LogoThe American Geosciences Institute's Critical Issues Program is pleased to offer a free webinar, "State Responses to Induced Earthquakes," on Friday April 14, 2017, at 2:00 PM ET.

Click here to register.

The surge in recent years of earthquake activity associated with some oil and gas operations, most notably in Oklahoma, has spurred a range of actions and responses from state geoscientists and regulators. States have taken measures to monitor these earthquakes and moderate the activities that may be causing them, particularly the deep underground injection of large volumes of wastewater. Many states with extensive oil and gas operations but little or no increased earthquake activity have also adopted practices to prevent and prepare for potential induced earthquakes in their area. 

This webinar features experts from state government in Oklahoma, Texas, and Ohio, who will discuss the range of state-level actions and approaches taken by these three oil- and gas-rich states to monitor and reduce the occurrence of induced earthquakes.


  • Jeremy Boak, Ph.D., Director, Oklahoma Geological Survey, Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy, University of Oklahoma
  • Michael H. Young, Ph.D., Associate Director for Environment, Texas Bureau of Economic Geology John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin
  • Steven Dade, Geologist 2, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil & Gas Resources Management

AGI would like to recognize its webinar co-sponsors: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the American Energy Society, the American Geophysical Union, the American Institute of Professional Geologists, the Association of American State Geologists, the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

NIBS Building Seismic Safety Council Webinar Series

nibs-logoThe National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) is hosting a webinar series focusing on construction materials addressed in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) publications:

  • April 21, 2017: Structural Steel: “Design of Seismic Force-Resisting Systems in Steel-Framed Buildings, ” presented by Rafael Sabelli. click here for more information.
  • May 26, 2017: "Seismic Design of Composite Steel and Concrete Structures," presented by Bob Pekelnicky
  • June 30, 2017: "Design of Seismic Force-Resisting Systems in Wood Light-Frame Buildings," presented by Kelly Cobeen
  • August 25, 2017: "Seismic Design of Masonry With the 2015 NEHRP Provisions," presented by David Sommer
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Opportunity for Students - April 1, 2017

Liu Huixian 2017 Earthquake Engineering Scholarship Awards

The Huixian Earthquake Engineering Foundation (China) and the US-China Earthquake Engineering Foundation (USA) are pleased to announce that ten (10) Liu Huixian Earthquake Engineering Scholarship Awards are available in 2017. Applicants must currently be enrolled as a full-time master’s degree or doctoral student in earthquake engineering or a closely related field. Applicants must be at a university or research institute in China, USA, Singapore, or a member center of the Asian-Pacific Network of Centers for Earthquake Engineering Research (ANCER).

Application materials should be submitted online to the Secretariat of the Huixian Earthquake Engineering Foundation by June 30, 2017. Learn more.

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Welcome New Members

Welcome New Members

EERI welcomes members who have recently joined the Institute. If you wish to connect with your fellow members, you can locate their contact information in the EERI online membership directory, which requires logging in to the Member Resources Area of the EERI website.


Roy Anderson, AEI Consultants, Structural
Robert Belvin, Construction Specialties
Paul Bruck, LPI Inc, Civil
Robert Cochran, Seattle City Light
Richard Frazao, Quaketek, Mechanical
Jonathan Jenkins
Cecelia Larson, CASE Forensics
Jim McClure
Chris Putman, Uzun+Case Engineers
John Schultz, Petra Geosciences, Geotechnical
Bill Williams, Coffman Engineers, Structural

Young Professional

Yolanda Alberto-Hernandez, University of Tokyo, Geotechnical
Claudio Coletta, Englekirk Structural Engineers
Zhe Luo, University of Akron, Geotechnical
Krishna Marepalli, Saiful Bouquet Structural Engineers, Structural
Keith Schueller, Structural
Claire Thomson, Stubbs Engineering Inc
Rehan Wain, Saiful Bouquet Structural Engineers


Elkhayam Dorra, Risk Analysis


Hanan Al-Nimry, Jordan University of Science & Technology, Civil


Mohammad Abbasi, University of Nevada-Reno, Civil
Abdulaziz Almarshad, University of Kansas
Yanbing Bai, University of California Irvine, Civil
Bryony Benn, University College London, Civil
Brian Couture, University of Toronto
Tyler Hostetter, University of Memphis, Civil
Martin Martinez, California State University Sacramento, Civil
Negar Naeimi, University of Nevada-Reno
Ali Noormohamed, University of Toronto
Cameron Ritchie, University of Toronto
Swasti Saxena, University of Nevada-Reno, Geotechnical
Elmira Shoushtari, University of Nevada-Reno, Civil
Rustom Tavitian, California State University Northridge, Civil
Ya-Lu Teng, Iowa State University, Civil
Thuy Tu, University of Portland, Seismologist
Chaofeng Wang, Clemson University, Civil

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EERI Endowment Donors

EERI would like to thank donors to the Endowment Fund and acknowledge their recent contributions. EERI’s Endowment supports innovative projects that assure the Institute’s continuing leadership in the earthquake engineering profession.

The list below reflects recent donations to the Institute.

Julio Kuroiwa       
Saif Hussain       
Other Amounts
Bryony Benn
Robert Chew
Min Lung Kuo
Chang Seok Lee
Robin Spence

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